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On the agenda: improving the procedure for attracting highly qualified specialists to work in Russia, improving relations related to the transfer of Russian athletes to foreign professional sports organizations, postponing days off in 2022, as well as a number of other issues. The meeting was held in the format of a video conference.

During the meeting, the draft law “On Amendments to Articles 8 and 13.2 of the Federal Law” On the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation “, developed within the framework of the Concept of State Migration Policy of the Russian Federation for 2019-2025, was considered and supported. The bill is intended to improve the legislation governing the procedure for attracting demanded foreign specialists as highly qualified specialists (HQS) to work in Russia, as well as to expand the opportunities for their permanent residence in the country. Thus, the bill grants such specialists and their family members the right to obtain an indefinite residence permit, provided that they carry out labor activities in the status of a HQS within two years after obtaining a residence permit. It is assumed that this provision will not only contribute to a qualitative increase in the able-bodied population of Russia, but will also reduce the costs of employers in attracting highly qualified specialists. To reduce the risks of abuse of the preferential regime of the HQS, the draft law provides for a number of conditions for obtaining such a status. These include: an increase in the size of the minimum wage threshold to 750 thousand rubles per quarter; preservation of the possibility of obtaining a work permit in several subjects if the specialist carries out labor activities in separate divisions of the organization; the obligation of a specialist to provide documents confirming that he has no drug addiction and infectious diseases that pose a danger to others, as well as a certificate of the absence of HIV infection; cancellation of a HQS visa in case of failure to apply for a work permit after 30 working days from the date of entry into Russia.

Another important topic of discussion was the amendments to the Federal Law “On Physical Culture and Sports in the Russian Federation”. It is assumed that they will improve the relations associated with the transfer of Russian athletes to foreign professional sports organizations. Often, foreign sports clubs invite young Russian athletes who are not in labor relations at the time of transition to participate in foreign competitions, thus avoiding any “transfer” payments. The organization that raised the athlete in such cases is deprived of compensation for the costs incurred for his sports training. To exclude such situations, Article 19.1 of the Federal Law “On Physical Culture and Sports in the Russian Federation” is proposed to be supplemented with Part 11, according to which the obligation to pay compensation rests with the athlete. The compensation payment is provided for athletes under 23 years old who are declared by a foreign sports organization to participate in foreign or international competitions. Its procedure will be determined for each sport by the Ministry of Sports based on the proposals of the corresponding All-Russian sports federations. An exception will be international competitions held by a professional sports league that unites both Russian and foreign sports clubs. For athletes not in demand by Russian sports clubs, the bill provides for exemption from payment of compensation. The introduced changes were supported by all parties.

Another topic was the postponement of the weekend in 2022. First of all, it was proposed to postpone the weekend of January 1 and 2, coinciding with non-working holidays, to May 3 and May 10, respectively. In addition, it is proposed to move the rest day from Saturday, March 5, to Monday, March 7. Thus, the days off in 2022 will be the following days: from December 31, 2021 to January 9, 2022, February 23, from March 6 to 8, from April 30 to May 3, from May 7 to 10, from June 11 to 13, from November 4-6. The changes were supported by the parties.

In addition, during the meeting, the parties considered and supported the main characteristics of the budgets of the Pension Fund, FSS and MHIF for 2022 and for the planning period of 2023 and 2024. In autumn, the members of the commission will consider draft federal laws on the budgets of these funds.

The meeting participants also discussed such important topics as the situation on the labor market, the draft law on the expected period of payment of the funded pension in 2022, the specifics of admitting certain categories of persons to activities that are directly related to vehicle management, the approval of the list of regions of the Far North and equated to them localities to provide state guarantees to those who work and live in these areas, control over the implementation of accreditation requirements by private employment agencies.

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